When more is more: A DORA Community Discussion on Multilingualism in Scholarly Communication | DORA

“The webinar began with a discussion of the benefits of scholarship in native and national languages to both local communities and the international community. Zehra Ta?k?n provided an example of an instance where publications in the local language help local communities. The Polish silviculture industry relies on Polish-language studies of the forests which cover 8.6M ha (about 28%) of the country’s surface, many of which are published in the journal Sylwan. When locally relevant studies are published in the local language, findings can be utilized directly; if published in a non-national language, the local community may be barred from having direct access to scientific analyses. On the level of public understanding, Zehra pointed out that articles published in local languages can play a role in combatting misinformation and public misconceptions. Particularly during uncertain times such as the COVID-19 crisis, Zehra believes that having research published in the language of the public is especially important….”

The changing role of funders in responsible research assessment: progress, obstacles and the way ahead

“This working paper explores what RRA [Responsible Research Assessment] is, and where it comes from, by outlining fifteen initiatives that have influenced the shape and direction of current RRA debates. It goes on to describe the responses that these have elicited, with a particular focus on the role and contribution of research funders, who have more freedom and agency to experiment and initiate change than other actors in research systems.

The paper also presents the findings of a survey of RRA policies and practices in the participant organisations of the Global Research Council (GRC)—mainly national public funding agencies—with responses from 55 organisations worldwide….”

The changing role of funders in responsible research assessment: progress, obstacles and the way ahead

“This working paper explores what RRA [Responsible Research Assessment] is, and where it comes from, by outlining fifteen initiatives that have influenced the shape and direction of current RRA debates. It goes on to describe the responses that these have elicited, with a particular focus on the role and contribution of research funders, who have more freedom and agency to experiment and initiate change than other actors in research systems.

The paper also presents the findings of a survey of RRA policies and practices in the participant organisations of the Global Research Council (GRC)—mainly national public funding agencies—with responses from 55 organisations worldwide….”

The changing role of funders in responsible research assessment: progress, obstacles and the way ahead | DORA

“In partnership with the Research on Research Institute (RoRI), CWTS-Leiden, and National Research Foundation of South Africa, DORA published a position paper providing a state-of-play of responsible research assessment (RRA) practices from funders. The paper’s release coincided with the 2020 Global Research Council (GRC) virtual conference on RRA practices. It also presents the findings of a survey of RRA policies and practices in the participant GRC organizations, which are mainly national public funding agencies.”

The changing role of funders in responsible research assessment: progress, obstacles and the way ahead | DORA

“In partnership with the Research on Research Institute (RoRI), CWTS-Leiden, and National Research Foundation of South Africa, DORA published a position paper providing a state-of-play of responsible research assessment (RRA) practices from funders. The paper’s release coincided with the 2020 Global Research Council (GRC) virtual conference on RRA practices. It also presents the findings of a survey of RRA policies and practices in the participant GRC organizations, which are mainly national public funding agencies.”

Full article: Open Access and Promotion and Tenure Evaluation Plans at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire

Abstract:  Department and program evaluation plans at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire were examined to see if these documents provide evidence that could be used to justify supporting the publication of peer-reviewed open access articles toward tenure and promotion. In an earlier study, the authors reveal that faculty members at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire are more unaware of open access publishing than their counterparts at larger universities. These findings dovetail with other studies that show that faculty members are reluctant to publish in open access journals because of concerns about the quality of those journals. The existing body of scholarship suggests that tenure-line faculty fear publishing in open access journals because it could adversely impact their chances of promotion and tenure. The authors of this current study sought to determine if department and program evaluation plans could influence negative perceptions faculty have of open access journals. The implications of this study for librarians, scholarly communication professionals, tenure-line faculty, departments, and programs are addressed.

 

CAUT signs the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment | CAUT

“The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) has signed the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), an international initiative to address the overreliance on journal-based metrics in hiring, promotion, and funding decisions and to promote and support equity in the academy….”

Introduction to DORA: a short presentation at the Global Research Council’s virtual Responsible Research Assessment Conference | DORA

“DORA chair, Prof. Stephen Curry made a short introduction to DORA for the Global Research Council conference on Responsible Research Assessment, which was held online over the week of 23-27 November 2020. He briefly explains the origins of DORA, the meaning of the declaration, and how DORA developed into an active initiative campaigning for the world-wide reform of research assessment. In advance of the conference, Curry, and Program Director, Dr. Anna Hatch, contributed to a working paper outlining the state of play regarding responsible research assessment, exploring what it means and describing existing initiatives in the space….”

Rethinking Research Assessment for the Greater Good | DORA

“The ScholCommLab in Canada conducted a multi-year project examining more than 850 review, promotion, and tenure (RPT) guidelines in the United States and Canada to better understand academic career advancement. The lab examined how the public dimensions of faculty work, use of the Journal Impact Factor, and non-traditional scholarly outputs were recognized and rewarded in review, promotion, and tenure. Key findings have been represented in a series of infographics for the scholarly community….”